Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Henry "Dad" Brown

Marker ID: SCHM 16-43
Location: on Brockington Rd near Flynn Circle
County: Darlington
Coordinates: N 34° 17.366    W 079° 52.966
  34.28943333    -79.88276666
Style: Free Standing **


Henry "Dad" Brown (1830-1907), a black veteran of the Mexican, Civil, and Spanish-American Wars, is buried 75´N with his wife Laura. Variously said to have been born free or born as a slave who purchased his and Laura´s freedom, he was born near Camden. Brown, a brickmason, joined the Confederate army in May 1861 as a drummer in the "Darlington Grays," Co. F, 8th S.C. Infantry. Brown enlisted as a drummer in Co. H, 21st S.C. Infantry in July 1861 and served for the rest of the war, "capturing" a pair of Union drumsticks in battle. He was also a member of the "Darlington Guards" 1878-1907. Described as "a man of rare true worth" at his death in 1907, Brown was honored shortly afterwards by Darlington citizens who erected the monument nearby.ERECTED BY THE CITY OF DARLINGTON HISTORICAL LANDMARKS COMMISSION, 2000